Definition of tonically in US English:



  • See tonic

    • ‘The influence of hypercapnia on tonically discharging motor units is certainly of interest, and future studies are needed.’
    • ‘The EDL is adapted for relatively infrequent bursts of phasic activity, whereas the soleus is tonically activated to maintain posture.’
    • ‘The lung, however, does not become inflamed or infected, in part because alveolar and airway macrophages express a number of antiinflammatory molecules that tonically suppress pulmonary inflammation.’
    • ‘The lower esophageal sphincter is tonically contracted at rest to seal the lumen in a rosette at the esophagogastric junction.’
    • ‘In Hirschsprung disease, the aganglionic colon remains spastic or tonically enhanced and unable to relax.’